Find someone who makes you laugh and you’ll never again have a dull moment — especially at your engagement session! When Sarah Neely of Sarah Nichole Photography ventured out on a lovely little wooded engagement session with Chelsie and Chaz, their laughter and good nature quickly became just about as infectious as their love! What more could you wish for than a forever with one who brings your soul such joy?
A word from photographer, Sarah Neely of Sarah Nichole Photography:
“Chelsie and Chaz are some of the most fun-loving and outgoing people we have met! Their session was simple and elegant as they easily posed for the camera and we were able to capture special candid moments as well! This session was photographed last fall in September around Long Hunter State Park. A beautiful park in Tennessee that captures the nature and ambiance of Middle Tennessee and its wildlife. Chaz and Chelsie are the silly, sweet, fun-loving, relaxed, and joyful couple that every photographer loves to photograph! Chaz is quite the joker and made Chelsie laugh almost the entire time, bringing lots of fun to the session!”
Love notes from the couple, Chelsie & Chaz:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Chelsie: “We first met in the cafeteria at the college we were both attending. Chaz was getting ready to eat his second lunch of the day and I was working the cash register for my dad who runs the cafeteria. My first impression of Chaz was that although he seemed sweet by offering to help me do a couple of tasks in the cafeteria, I figured he would be just another typical baseball player with an overly confident attitude.”
Chaz: “She was over-the-top gorgeous but VERY prepared to play a serious game of ‘hard to get.’”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Chelsie: “My favorite thing about Chaz is that he does not let the opinions, words, or actions of others affect his attitude or demeanor. He believes in himself and his intuition so much that he oozes positivity and always helps me keep a positive outlook in any situation.”
Chaz: “My favorite thing about Chelsie is her heart. I have never met a woman so focused on being the good we all should see in the world. Whether as a nurse, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, or a wife, she always puts the well-being of others before her own.”
What part of your wedding day is most important to you?
Chelsie: “The most important part of our wedding day to us is the uniting of our two families. Chaz’s family is spread across the country from Maine to California to Florida to Alaska and various states in between. Because of this, the majority of our family’s have never even met. The best part of our wedding will be enjoying our big day with both of our families by our sides.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Chelsie: “I think a large hurdle we had to overcome in our relationship was spending roughly three years over 500 miles apart. Between college and minor league baseball, Chaz typically spent about 11 months of the year traveling and playing ball in various small towns across the Eastern United States. Though the three years had their fair share of ups and downs, those years have definitely helped us learn to appreciate the amount of time we spend together now and have prepared us for a lifetime together no matter what curveballs get thrown our way.”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Fart. In front of each other.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“The most honest thing we can say about love is that it’s not perfect. Love does not follow a path and it definitely doesn’t ask for permission. Love isn’t just overwhelming emotions and PDA like the movies try to make us believe. Love is compromise. Love is sacrifice. Love is finding someone who has the same goals and desires as you and who is willing to chase them with you to the end of the Earth. Our love has seen various shapes, colors, sizes and feelings. It has been every adjective in the book; definitely all of the good ones….but some bad ones too. Our love evolves every day…and will continue to evolve every single day until death does us part.”
photographer: Sarah Neely of Sarah Nichole Photography / venue: Long Hunter State Park / film lab: Photovision